On Wednesday 15th March, we launched the Big Appeal for the Community Hub.

St George’s has engaged in a listening exercise with residents, groups, and businesses, which showed clearly that what the area now needs more than anything are shared, safe spaces at its heart, ensuring the well-being of all its people. We heard that such modern spaces would be welcome and be used for a wide range of events, inclusive of people of all ages and abilities, of all faiths and none.

A five-year plan to develop St George’s facilities and to offer them for fuller community use provides up-to-date facilities for activities, meetings, concerts, and exhibitions.

The church and the hall are Listed Buildings, and we have taken care to preserve all the key heritage features. We commissioned a leading firm of conservations architects whose plans have gained all necessary planning permissions, including a small extension to the church with toilets, servery, and a quiet meeting space.

We were delighted by the initial response from the community, and by the interest and offers of help and support shown on the night. We are looking forward to this continued engagement.

Do look at our brochure summarising the plans, costs, timeline, and other key information. You can view it here: Community Hub Brochure.